New passenger facilities open at Pitsea Rail station
Essex train operator c2c has officially opened its new secure cycle shed and platform shelter at Pitsea Rail station.
The ribbon was cut by Essex County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment and Waste, Councillor Mike Steptoe and c2c Delivery Director Joel Mitchell.
The passenger shelter and 30 secure space cycle unit were jointly funded by Essex County Council who obtained money for the project from the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) Local Growth Fund.
Councillor Steptoe said: “These works are the result of great partnership working between Essex County Council and c2c, which ultimately improves the passenger experience for users of the station as well as providing more accessible and good quality sustainable transport infrastructure.”
In addition to the shelters, c2c also undertook platform widening and fencing to improve platform safety, and the joint investment with Essex County Council enabled the rail operator to accelerate its long term plans to resurface the approach road and improve parking.
c2c’s Delivery Director Joel Mitchell, said: “Many thanks to Essex County Council for their support in improving the facilities for passengers using Pitsea station.
“Our commitment to improving facilities doesn’t stop here, with two new platform shelters opening later in the year. This is part of our drive to provide secure “safe zones” at Pitsea and a dozen other stations on the c2c route.”
The improvements at Pitsea station are part of c2c’s £40 million improvement package for customers, which includes replacing 200 platform benches and resurfacing roads and pathways, alongside extra trains and free onboard WiFi.
c2c is the award-winning train operator running services between Fenchurch Street and Shoeburyness, serving 26 stations in East London and South Essex. Owned by Trenitalia, c2c is one of the UK’s most punctual and popular train operators and over 46m journeys are made on our services every year.
Italian-based Trenitalia is one of Europe’s leading rail operators and the passenger rail arm of FS Italiane Group. Trenitalia manages passenger services with long haul connections, both on high speed (Frecciarossa) and conventional lines, and regional and metropolitan services. Overall FS Italiane Group runs 8,000 trains a day, serving 600 million passengers and carrying 50 million tons of freight a year, over a network exceeding 16,700 kilometres.